SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 26, 2004
Want More Bike Lanes In The Mission?
Imagine riding your bike on a cushy bike lane along Cesar Chavez or enjoying the city's first bike boulevard on 26th Street. This week's Bike Plan Update Workshop, the last in the series, will showcase options for bike improvements along upper Market St and 14th St, plus the 16th/17th Street and Cesar Chavez/26th Street corridors. The City needs your input on these designs- come review the options, ask questions, give feedback, and make your voice heard!
This important Bike Plan Update workshop is from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, on Wednesday, April 28th at The Women's Building at 3543 18th Street (near Valencia). Free valet bike parking will be provided by the SFBC, naturally. This is the last in a series of five Public Feedback workshops on the City's Bike Plan Update. For more information, see http://www.sfbike.org/bikeplan
We still need a few volunteers to help manage the large turnout we expect. If you can lend a hand, contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org or 431-BIKEx21.
Regional Bicycle Funding Under Attack - Take Action Now!
This Wednesday, Bay Area bicycle and pedestrian advocates are facing a serious threat to our recently established $200 million regional non-motorized transportation program. The Bay Area's Congestion Management Agencies (CMA's) first tried to kill our program outright- now they are attempting to compromise its integrity. These agencies are urging the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the regional agency in charge of distributing federal and state transportation funding, to adopt a credit system, where counties with bike/ped money in their sales taxes would be able to "swap out" their regional non-motorized funding for highway widening and other pollution-promoting projects. This would effectively wipe out regional funding for new bike/ped facilities.
Please take a few minutes before Wednesday to write a letter to your MTC commissioners (Kaufman, Rubin, and Ammiano if you live in SF) urging them to reject the credit when it comes to a vote on Wednesday. You can send an "instant fax" from the SFBC website and learn more about the politics of the situation at:
If you can, please attend the full commission hearing and speak up to defend our program. It will be held 10:15am Wednesday, April 28th at the MTC across the street from the Lake Merritt BART station (101 Eighth Street). Contact email@example.com for more information. Thank you for your defense of the Regional Bicycle/ Pedestrian program!
Volunteer & Get Free Giants Tickets!
Baseball fans - now's your chance to get the best of both worlds! The San Francisco Giants and the SFBC are teaming up to promote Bike to Work Day at an afternoon baseball game on Sunday, May 16th. We're signing up outgoing volunteers now to help us showcase bikes built for commuting ease by SportsBasement, give away Timbuk2 bags, and recruit new SFBC members at the Giants stadium. If you like talking to people and giving away cool stuff, this is the volunteer gig for you!
As a special bonus, we're giving away free Giants tickets for the May 16th game to the first ten volunteers who sign up to lend a hand. But you must hurry - this free ticket offer only lasts through this Wednesday, April 28th! There's a 1 ticket per volunteer limit, so ask your friends to volunteer, too so you can go together. Additional tickets are available at special SFBC discount rates. To have a great time while helping a good cause, email Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ride Over Golden Gate Bridge? We Want Your Ideas!
Are you one of the thousands who bike over the Golden Gate Bridge each week? The folks that operate the bridge will soon be updating the signage both on (and leading up to) the bridge to help make bike/ped bridge travel easier & safer. They're also willing to look at other measures, beyond signage, to promote safety... in other words, this is a great opportunity to make this vital bike link even better!
Over the next month, the SFBC's new Golden Gate Bridge Task Force will be asking folks like you - the people who ride or walk over the bridge regularly - to offer your ideas on improving safety, signage and more. Their first meeting starts at 5:30pm, this Thursday, April 29th at SFBC HQ (1095 Market Street, Suite 215 @ 7th St). Anyone with ideas for making improvements is welcome to attend, and you may also send your thoughts directly on to Carter Zinn, Task Force Coordinator, at email@example.com or 415-292-4100.
You're Invited: Golden Wheel Awards Gala
Please join us for the SFBC's annual Golden Wheel Awards on Tuesday, April 27th. We are excited to honor three of the Bay Area's most successful and hard-working advocates with Awards this year, and our keynote speaker will outline our city government's vision for better bicycling in our city (Michael T. Burns, Executive Director of SF's Municipal Transportation Agency). Those who join us can expect to find a room of inspiring bike advocates and chances to schmooze galore. Not to mention the gourmet hors d'oevres, complementary wine and music that are signatures of the Golden Wheel galas. This special event begins at 6pm, at the penthouse viewing platform of the LGBT Community Center (on Market at Octavia, near Valencia). You can find out more at http://www.sfbike.org/goldenwheel (RSVP's are not necessary.)
SFBC Clears Bike Lane Of Car Valet Operation
Last week, eagle-eyed SFBC scouts reported that new valet car parking operations in front of the Ferry Building were blocking the entire Embarcadero bike lane, forcing cyclists out into the car traffic lanes. After a few calls to the Port and Department of Parking and Traffic, the valet operator agreed to restrict valet parking to parallel (not diagonal) car parking, thus keeping the bike lane clear. If you see any illegal obstructions like these blocking bike lanes, be sure to alert us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience Car Free Morocco This Weekend
Humans have an innate ability to move about on foot as autonomous beings, without motorised or mechanical assistance. Nearly every city, town and village in the world up to the mid-1800s embraced this natural human capacity for movement. "The shortest distance between two points is moving those points closer together," as Richard Register points out in his book 'Ecocities.' "Every trip from then on is shorter. That's an efficiency multiplied thousands of times."
Looking at Morocco allow us to experience how this principle works in action. Their urban form is based on access by proximity, on autonomous movement, eliminating the need for speed. Building heights range from one to four stories. Streets are relatively narrow - one to eight metres wide. As a result the city is compact, dense, rich in destinations and events, lively, multifarious, closely knit, intimate, human-scaled.
Find out more about Morocco's lessons for the modern world in a special presentation by Randy Ghent of the World Carfee Network, based in Lyons, France, at several Bay Area events this weekend:
Palo Alto, Weds. April 28
See a complete listing and description of local showings at http://www.bclu.org/morocco/
Job Opening @ Transportation For A Livable City
Transportation for a Livable City (TLC) is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the organization into its next phase. TLC works to improve social justice through reducing car dependence in San Francisco, with an aim to create more livable neighborhoods, where walking, bicycling, and transit are the best choices for most trips, and where housing is more plentiful and affordable. TLC's advocacy is currently focused in three areas: ensuring equitable transportation funding, changing parking policy to promote reduced car dependence and more affordable housing, and promoting the vision of stronger neighborhoods with less traffic and more transportation choices.
The winning candidate will excel at articulating TLC's vision for San Francisco: a city where driving is a choice, not a necessity; and where reduced car dependence provides a higher quality of life more affordably for more people. TLC's Executive Director will exhibit the ability to influence policy outcomes in a politically charged atmosphere with elected officials and government administrators. He or she will have knowledge in the best practices of urban planning, particularly transportation and land use issues, as well as a knowledge of the local political environment. The ideal candidate will have experience managing an organization or a major project, including staff oversight, fundraising, and administration.
Applications are being accepted until May 10. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. For a full job description and application information, see http://www.livablecity.org/seeking.html
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